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The History of Beefmaster Cattle

     Beefmaster cattle have been developed by the Lasater Ranch then headquartered in Texas. The breeding program leading to their establishment was started by Ed C. Lasater in 1908, when he purchased Brahman bulls to use on his commercial herd of Hereford and Shorthorn cattle. The first of these bulls that he used were principally of Gir breeding, although some of the Nelore breed were also used. In 1925 he introduced Guzerat blood into the herd.

     His purpose was to develop cattle that were more productive than existing breeds; cattle that would produce and make money during economically hard times in the harsh environment of South Texas. The new breed was developed on what has become known as the Six Essentials - Weight, Conformation, Milking Ability, Fertility, Hardiness and Disposition. These essentials became the economic strength of Beefmasters and have made them favorites with those who depend on cattle for a living.

 

 

 

 

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     The cattle were handled under range conditions that were often adverse, and a culling program was started based on disposition, fertility, weight, conformation, hardiness and milk production. Stress was placed on the production of beef. No selection has been made to characteristics that do not affect the carcass, such as horns, hide or color. Beefmasters are the only beef breed specifically developed to excel in these important economic traits.

     Genetically, Beefmasters are half English - 25% each of Hereford and Shorthorn - and half Brahman. While brownish-red is the most common color, the breed has no color standards and black has become extremely popular in the Midwest. Beefmasters were recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a pure breed in 1954. Check out the Isa Blacks link to the left to see the core of  our  production black   herd.

    

 

 

 

 

THE BLACK HEIFER

Miss Beefmaster America 2003

 

   

 

 

 

CROWN PRINCE 920  Sr. Herd Sire

 

2006 National Beefmaster Bull Grand Champion